Plastic Pollution Coalition Press Conference, Friday, NOON @The Arbor at UCSB

LOCAL OFFICIALS AND ADVOCATES PROMOTE PLASTIC BAG BAN
UCSB Students Join Forces to Reduce Plastic Consumption

UC Santa Barbara, Ca.- A campus-wide campaign focused on reducing plastic use is underway, as students seek to promote policies and lifestyles that reduce plastic use on and around campus. In addition to campus-based efforts, UCSB organizations are joining forces with community groups and leaders who are also looking to reduce plastic use in the greater Santa Barbara region.

WHAT: Press Conference- Student groups will join with local elected officials and environmental advocacy organizations to promote a plastic bag ban in the City and County of Santa Barbara.

In the last year, 14 cities and counties in California banned plastic bags. Although a statewide ban will be introduced in Sacramento later this year, advocates are encouraging the city and county of Santa Barbara to take action today. Every year, Californian’s use 12 BILLION single-use plastic bags, of which less than 5% are recycled, causing great impact to coastal, marine and environmental resources.

Photo opportunities available, including a giant rubber duck made from recyclable materials collected at local beaches. Student representatives and others available for interviews.

WHO: Kathleen Reddington, Carpinteria City Council Member

Daniella Russo, Executive Director, Plastic Pollution Coalition

Kira Redmond, Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper

Tim Benson, External Vice President, UCSB Associated Students

WHEN: Friday, January 13th, 2011, 12:00pm

WHERE: The Arbor (in front of the Davidson library) at UCSB. Parking lot #3 is the closest lot. It is accessed via Lagoon Road on East campus.

The press conference is being organized by the UCSB Plastic Pollution Coalition, a coalition of student organizations that share a common goal to implement local policies aimed at curbing plastics consumption through education and advocacy.

For more information, please contact Matt Gilliland at 510-541-5157 or by email at mgilliland12@gmail.com.

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